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It's Halloween; Don't Mess Up

Here are some suggestions for tonight.

Driving Safety
Trick or treaters are small, fast and all too often wear dark clothing. Be extra careful coming in and out of driveways and passing by parked cars. They'll be jaywalking.

If you're the neighborhood driver for a bunch of trick or treaters, make them put on their seatbelts and tell them to get out of the car on the curbside.

With Halloween falling on a Friday, older celebrators can stay up from dusk till dawn, so drivers, don't let your guard down after the hour when trick or treaters are likely to have returned home.

SoberRide Returns
The Washington Region Alcohol Program will again be operating its anti-drunk-driving program on Halloween. Since 1993, WRAP has provided people with over 41,010 safe rides home.

To receive a ride from 10 o'clock tonight through 6 a.m. Saturday, call 800-200-8294 (TAXI) or #8294 (TAXI) on an AT&T telephone. A SoberRide call operator will direct the request to a participating cab company. The program will cover the first $50 of the fare. The caller is responsible for the rest.

SoberRide doesn't take reservations. It's a good idea to program the number into your cell phone before heading out for a celebration.

Vests for Visibility
Each October, the maintenance shops of Maryland's State Highway Administration help keep children safe on Halloween by loaning out reflective vests for use by trick-or-treaters. The vests are available at the shops from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Return them by Nov. 7.

Here's a list of the shop locations in the Washington area: 910 Stewart Ave., Glen Burnie; Route 231 at Routes 2/4, Prince Frederick; 5725 Washington Ave., LaPlata; 5111 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick; 4401 Route 32, Dayton; 12020 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring; 502 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg; Talbot Avenue and Second Avenue, Laurel; 6500 S.E. Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro.

Drunk-Driving Checkpoints
Police will be out in all the jurisdictions looking for drunk drivers tonight. D.C. police say that after a 15 percent rise in alcohol-related fatalities ;ast year, they are increasing their efforts to curb drunk driving. Since July, D.C. police have made nearly 1,000 drunk driving arrests.

Police across the region participate in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign to enforce laws against drunk driving.

Parking Restrictions
There are weekend parking restrictions and street closures for Halloween in Georgetown. Parking won't be allowed along these routes from noon today until 6 a.m. Saturday:
-- K Street NW from 30th Street to Wisconsin Avenue
-- Water Street NW from 33rd Street to the Canal Tow Path
-- 1000 - 1300 Blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
-- M Street NW from 25th Street to the Key Bridge
-- 1100 block of 26th Street NW
To read more about the closures, use this link.

Here's some advice from the police and the District Department of Transportation about the best ways to get in and out of Georgetown:
-- The DC Circulator bus runs every 10 minutes between Union Station and Georgetown.
-- The Georgetown Metro Connection provides bus service to and from the Rosslyn. Metro Station (Orange and Blue Lines) and the Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red Line).
-- Metrobus also provides service to Georgetown on the following routes: D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36 and 38B.
-- Party-goers also can walk into Georgetown from the Foggy Bottom Metrorail Station, by George Washington University. From the station exit, go north on 23rd Street to Washington Circle, then west on Pennsylvania Avenue to M Street. Tonight, Metrorail closes at 3 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 31, 2008; 9:42 AM ET
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